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Facebook forms Ideal Internet Consortium for online child safety

NEW DELHI: Facebook has formed an Ideal Internet Consortium to focus on online child safety on its platform. The consortium is a working group of child safety practitioners that will deliberate over safety issues and give recommendations to civil society, industry and government. The findings will help to create strategies focused on keeping young users safe online.

The American Internet giant has also partnered with the Ministry of Women Child Development to build digital literacy campaigns around women and child safety online. This will be done through a #CreateCareConnect comic series which was launched on Tuesday along with the next edition of the Thumbstoppers campaign in 2020, which will be a series of short creative mobile videos under 10 seconds that will focus on issues like gender equality, domestic violence and education for the girl child. As part of its efforts in this direction, Facebook has also its global digital literacy programme, We Think Digital in India.

Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister for Women and Child Development said, “While the internet opens doors for women and children to learn and gain knowledge, it also comes with the responsibility to ensure their safety… Together with Facebook, we want to build ways, in which we equip and educate people to help them make smarter choices online and learn about Internet safety.”

So far, the Ideal Internet Consortium which is led by the Aarambh India Initiative, has had seven focus group discussions with young people from cites across Odisha, Tripura, Jharkhand and Kerala. As part of the We Think Digital programme, Facebook will partner with agencies from both government and civil society which will help the company in achieving its aim to train more than 5 million people by 2021.

Ankhi Das, Director of Public Policy for Facebook – India, South & Central Asia, said, “We are building programmes that are aimed at internet users’ digital hygiene and maintaining online privacy and security.”

Source: Economic Times